OMNI Project

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The Open Microbiome Network Initiative (OMNI) Project

The human body is host to trillions of microbial cells – bacteria, viruses and other living things. These microbes live in many places on and inside our bodies, such as the skin, mouth, nose and gut. While we still don’t know how they do it, some of these microbes keep us healthy and others contribute to diseases. Similarly, changes to our health can affect our microbes. So can things like where we live or work, our age, ancestry, health status and diet, and probably many other things we don’t yet know about.

The goal of the OMNI Project is to investigate the impact of diet, lifestyle and habits on the human microbiome and to make what we discover available to researchers around the world so they can use it in future studies related to health and disease.

Here’s how it works:

  • Participants use this OMNI Project online study portal to set up a secure profile, consent to participate in the study and fill out questionnaires about their lifestyle, environment, diet and habits. OMNI Project study coordinators use the study portal for secure two-way communication to answer questions, provide additional instructions and updates on the progress of the research.
  • Participants receive a microbiome collection kit designed for easy self-collection of samples in their home. The kit distribution protocol will depend on the study arm the participant is enrolled in.
  • Once the sample is collected, participants mail their samples (at ambient temperature) to a central processing lab. Once processing is complete and the results are analysed, participants receive an individualized report about their microbiome.
  • There is no cost to the participant (other than their time) and rather than provide a cash incentive to return samples or fill out questionnaires, participants have the opportunity to contribute to this exciting area of research and to learn more about their own microbiome.

May 2017: Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2017 Gut Microbiome Arm

We will enroll participants into the gut microbiome arm of the OMNI Project during DDW in Chicago, Illinois, United States from May 7-9 2017. Participant registration for this study is now open and collection kit distribution will occur during the conference.

*Please note: participation in this arm of the study is limited to 2017 DDW attendees. If you would like to be notified when additional phases of the study are open, please register your interest here

November 2016: IHMC Congress 2016 Gut Microbiome Arm

We will enroll participants into the gut microbiome arm of the OMNI Project during the IHMC Congress in Houston, Texas, United States from November 9-11 2016. Participant registration for this study is now open and collection kit distribution will occur during the conference.

*Please note: participation in this arm of the study is limited to 2016 IHMC attendees. If you would like to be notified when additional phases of the study are open, please register your interest here.

October 2016: ASHG 2016 Gut Microbiome Arm

We will enroll participants into the gut microbiome arm of the OMNI Project during the ASHG General Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada from October 19-21, 2016. Participant registration for this study is now open and collection kit distribution will occur during the conference.

*Please note: participation in this arm of the study is limited to ASHG 2016 attendees. If you would like to be notified when additional phases of the study are open, please register your interest here.

June 2016: ASM Microbe 2016 Gut Microbiome Arm

We have finished enrolling ASM Microbe 2016 participants into the gut microbiome arm of the OMNI Project. Thanks to everyone who took part!

May 2016: Digestive Disease Week 2016 Gut Microbiome Arm

We have finished enrolling Digestive Disease Week 2016 participants into the gut microbiome arm of the OMNI Project. Thanks to everyone who took part!

Want to learn more? Interested in collaborating? Contact the study group at omniproject@dnagenotek.com.